Regarding an amendment he submitted to Substitute House Bill 49, the state operating budget, State Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township) released the following statement:
State Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township) introduced House Bill 169, which would require many state employees to effectively pay 15 percent of the total cost for their dental, vision, and basic life insurance premiums. The legislation impacts exempt state employees not covered by collective bargaining agreements, including state legislators, agency directors, and executive staff.
State Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township) introduced House Bill 116 that eliminates the sale and use tax on eyeglasses, frames, and contacts. Prescription eyewear is the only prescribed medical product sold in traditional retail stores that is taxed in Ohio. Taxpayers would save an estimated $23 million annually from the sales tax repeal on prescribed eyewear.
COLUMBUS—State Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township) introduced House Bill 101, known as the “Epinephrine Accessibility Act,” which seeks to make epinephrine auto-injectors more affordable and accessible. National media has reported on the sky-rocketing cost for EpiPens, produced by Mylan Pharmaceuticals, which is reported to control about 90 percent of the epinephrine auto-injector market. The price for EpiPens has increased about 500 percent in recent years, standing at a $600 retail price.
COLUMBUS—State Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township) has introduced the “Fuel Tax Transparency Act” that would require a sticker to be placed on all retail fuel pumps displaying federal and state fuel tax rates. Ohio currently imposes a 28-cents-per-gallon tax on gasoline and diesel. The federal tax rate is 18.4 cents per gallon on gasoline and a 24.4 cents for diesel fuel.
State Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township) was sworn in Tuesday as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 132nd General Assembly. He represents the 47th Ohio House District, which includes portions of Fulton and Lucas counties. This will be his first full term as state representative.
Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township) has succeeded in his efforts to repeal Ohio’s Financial Institutions Tax on Small Business Investment Companies, or SBICs. In September, Representative Merrin introduced House Bill 592, launching the drive to repeal the tax.
Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) today announced that State Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township) has been appointed to serve on three Ohio House committees including Health and Aging, Insurance, and Ways and Means. Each committee hears bills on a variety of issues relevant to its particular focus.
State Representative Derek Merrin today announced that he will be holding office hours in the 47th Ohio House District in October. These office hours are an opportunity for constituents to meet with Rep. Merrin and discuss any questions or concerns they may have about state-related issues.
Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township) has introduced legislation to repeal the Ohio Financial Institutions Tax (FIT) on Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs). The FIT became effective in Fiscal Year 2014 on financial institutions that do business in Ohio as a replacement for the corporate franchise tax.